Take in Philippine culture with visits to these art hubs around the country.
To explore the arts scene in the southern region, begin with Qube Gallery in Crossroads, Cebu’s lifestyle district. Take a break from city tours and catch contemporary art exhibitions by homegrown artists.
“HUB: Make Lab in Escolta is a great place to hang out after a day exploring old Manila. The Den at the far end of the hub is my go-to coffee spot when I’m in the area. The art scene as a whole has a local and vintage vibe — local artists and heritage conservation are promoted through events, workshops and exhibitions. Check the place out during the Escolta Block Party; the street comes alive at night with live band and street performances.” — Liz Teotico (IG: @lizteotico)
“The Alley at Karrivin is a creative hub with a laid-back atmosphere. Guests can discover local art, dine or simply enjoy coffee with friends. For those who are interested in functional take-home pieces, the Aphro Living Art/Design retail shop is highly recommended. In the same building, Writer’s Block offers tea and coffee and a quiet space for people who need to get some work done on the go.” — Bernice Beltran (IG: @bernicebeltran)
Dogo Siwang Art Hub opened in Barangay Patay, Sagada, Mountain Province, just last year. Modeled after the huts of Baguio’s Tam-awan Village, the hub showcases the art and history that originates from the mountainous Cordillera Administrative Region.
“There are two key destinations for art enthusiasts — the Creative Hub and the Lamon Center by Artists Alley. The former is an art gallery that displays the works of Hangtay Artists, a collective for “a new breed of Ivatan artists”, while the latter is an arty café that serves sweet potato fries and lemonade.” — Awee Abelador (IG: @awee_mx)